Rescue at SeaWorld

Commitment to Animal Rescue, Rehabilitation & Return

With over 33,000 Rescues, SeaWorld San Antonio continues our company’s commitment to rescuing and caring for marine animals.

SeaWorld's legacy of animal rescue spans more than 50 years. In that time, SeaWorld’s Rescue Teams have come to the aid of more than 33,000 sick, injured and orphaned animals in need, giving them a second chance at life. None of this would be possible without the continued support of our partner agencies, park guests, Pass Members, and dedicated team members, as well as the people across the globe taking action to protect these amazing animals and their habitats. Our teams are on call 24/7/365, partnering with multiple government agencies to rescue and help animals in need of our care.

Stay in touch with us or visit our parks, to learn more about how SeaWorld San Antonio has contributed to conservation by rescuing manatees, dolphins, sea turtles and other animals.

A ticket with a mission

Your visit to SeaWorld helps support animal rescue efforts, with over 33,000 and counting.

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Rescue

Working in partnership with state, local and federal agencies, the SeaWorld Rescue Teams are on call around the clock to help ill, injured or orphaned animals in need of expert care.

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Total Rescues

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    525 Cetaceans

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    7,941 Pinnipeds

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    2,629 Reptiles

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    21,527 Birds

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    672 Manatees

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    179 Other Mammals

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    Hurricane Harvey Animals Flown to Save Haven

    The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey has been described by families and homeowners on news networks globally. There are those, however, who cannot share their stories – the orphaned pets in shelters that are facing displacement due to the influx of thousands of animals who need shelter as a result of Hurricane Harvey.


    64 dogs and cats were rescued from various shelters in the Houston area and gathered at Best Friends Total Pet Care in Spring, Texas. The furry and four-legged passengers were then driven to Austin, Texas and were being flown across the country to their new temporary, safe and secure home at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California.


    This extraordinary rescue was made possible by donated manpower from the Helen Woodward Animal Center, and both SeaWorld San Antonio’s and SeaWorld San Diego’s Rescue Teams and volunteers.

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    SeaWorld Texas and Florida Rescue Teams Join Forces to Save Entangled Dolphin

    The SeaWorld San Antonio Rescue Team joined forces with the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team as well as The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and members of the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network to help rescue a bottlenose dolphin that was found entangled in fishing gear near South Padre Island in Texas.


    After hours of searching, the devoted rescue teams retrieved the dolphin and removed more than three pounds of fishing gear that entangled the animal, including hooks, leaders, fishing line and more.


    Once the dolphin was rescued and detangled, a SeaWorld Veterinarian and Animal Care Staff assessed the animal, gave it a complete physical checkup, took blood samples and cultures and gave the dolphin antibiotics for possible infection due to the entanglement. The animal was released back in to the ocean.

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